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1 Jun 2007
Enfield Independent
Kevin Nash

John Martyn: BBC Live In Concert

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FANS will know that the only predictable thing about John Martyn is his unpredictability. His live performances can touch the heights, and sometimes just bumble along.

Although his voice occasionally isn't at its best on a couple of songs in these sessions, recorded in Paris and London over a 10-year period 1, there are plenty of good (and now and then great) moments that more than compensate.

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BBC Live In Concert

London, Roundhouse, 3 Feb 2007

7 Feb 2007
The Independent
Alasdair Lees

John Martyn, Roundhouse, London

John Martyn's singing style and innovations with echo-effects and fuzz-box guitar pedals in the early 1970s were influenced by the free-jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. On the albums Bless The Weather, Solid Air and Inside Out, he set out to replicate Sanders's incredibly long sustains with his voice and guitar playing.

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Solid Air | Live At The Roundhouse (DVD)

Cambridge, Corn Exchange, 21 Jan 2007

21 Jan 2007
Daily Telegraph
David Cheal

Soaring on Solid Air

David Cheal reviews John Martyn at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge

On the sleeve of his classic 1973 album Solid Air, John Martyn looks young, fresh and alive, his skin cherub-smooth, his features sharp and defined.
Today, aged 58, the Anglo-Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist is a big, big man, with a face ballooned and ravaged by time, and a body that's largely wheelchair-bound following the loss of his lower right leg through an infected cyst in 2003.

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Solid Air

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